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Oldest person in United States turns 114 in Michigan

May 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM   |   Comments

INKSTER, Mich., May 27 (UPI) -- The oldest living person in the United States celebrated her 114th birthday at her church in Michigan.

Jeralean Talley, who turned 114 Thursday, was honored Sunday at the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Inkster when the congregation sang "Happy Birthday" and recognized her as the oldest living person in the United States, the Detroit News reported Monday.

"I'm just thankful," Talley said during the service. "If I do anything, it comes from you [God]."

Family members said Talley, the third-oldest person in the world, went fishing the day before her birthday and caught seven fish, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Talley received several letters of recognition in honor of her birthday, including one from President Barack Obama. Obama hailed the woman as "part of an extraordinary generation."

"This generation continues to guide us with its wisdom and inspire us," Obama wrote.

Topics: Barack Obama
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